Dundee targets further recycling progress

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A Waste and Recycling strategy and action plan has been drawn up to further improve Dundee’s recycling rates.

The five-year waste strategy has been produced to outline plans to manage Dundee’s waste by increasing recycling, minimising waste sent for disposal, and positively affecting long-term behaviour change.

The strategy details actions which will be taken to implement national policy, continue to meet legislative requirements in Dundee and set the Council’s strategic direction going forward.

Performance indicators in the Local Government Benchmarking Framework (LGBF) has shown that Dundee measures well on waste disposal compared with similar local authorities. This has been achieved in part to Dundee’s use of Energy from Waste (EfW) as an alternative to landfill – disposing of only 6.2% of waste to landfill in 2018.

Street cleanliness in Dundee has also performed well with a local residents’ satisfaction rating of 80% - the second highest in Scotland.

Despite recent improvements in recycling rates, further progress is needed for Dundee to meet the national Scottish Government targets of 60% by 2020 and 70% by 2025.

Neighbourhood Services Committee Convener Councillor Anne Rendall, said: “The strategy outlines how the Council aims to address the current waste management challenges in Dundee.

“As a Council we aim to tackle the levels of contamination found in recycling bins, the rate of household participation and the reliance on general waste bins in the city.

“We want to encourage people to be bold and ambitious to make sure everyone is recycling as much as possible. This will increase the city’s recycling rates as well as reduce overall general waste levels.”

The strategy is closely linked with the Take Pride Action Plan, with all of the actions stemming from the ultimate aim of encouraging residents to Take Pride in Dundee.

Recycling information can be viewed in detail on the Dundee City Council website at https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/recycle-for-dundee

Neighbourhood Services Committee will consider the strategy on Monday 18th November.

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